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Black Panther (2018) Spoiler-Free Review: Rise of a new kind of Marvel hero

The newest addition to the ever-growing Marvel roster is the brilliant Black Panther. With drop-dead gorgeous locations and powerful character-driven plot, this origin story may arguably be one of the best Marvel movies.

Black Panther had a lot on its shoulders. The stellar ensemble cast comprising of people of color and the historical significance of the character meant that the movie was more than the sum of its parts. It had to do justice to the rich African heritage and also stay true to the demands of the comic book fans while speaking for Black representation in Hollywood and also fitting in the larger MCU. Ryan Coogler’s movie may just have found the perfect balance required.

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Wakanda. Credits: Black Panther/Marvel Studios

The movie revolves around the secretive African nation of Wakanda. Began with a pact forged by five tribes, which eventually gave into infighting and power struggles, and in one tribe’s case, exile in the mountains. But after witnessing the history of man’s violence against man, repeated time and again, Wakanda resolved to hide its technological innovations and ideal society from the world, to protect its own people by shielding them from humankind’s folly. This withdrawal of international trade and diplomacy has its own folly – Wakanda chooses to be a silent observer in the war waged by humans when their technological marvel could have easily ended the war. The new generation of Wakandans and how they challenge the way of their ancestors is the central theme of this superhero movie. After the death of his father King T’Chaka, T’Challa must prove himself worthy of the throne of Wakanda. He also has to face some difficult secrets which were kept hidden from the nation.

After his much-praised appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Chadwick Boseman carried the role with confidence. But one cannot help but focus on the stellar supporting cast. Sometimes, one will feel that they are more interested in what others are doing rather than focusing on the titular character himself. The royal bodyguard force, the Dora Milaje, are beautiful and fearsome, with Danai Gurira excellent as General Okoye. Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker are perfect as Queen Mother Ramonda and T’Challa’s mentor Zuri respectively. Lupita Nyong’o plays Black Panther’s ex-girlfriend and voice of reason, Nakia with a strong presence on screen. Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman feel right at home with their portrayal of the baddie Ulysses Klaue and CIA agent Ross respectively. Short but impactful performance from John Kani, Atandwa Kani, and Sterling K. Brown too.

The breakout performer in this brilliant ensemble is Letitia Wright’s Princess Shuri. Her interactions with her brother provide the perfect light moments to balance the emotionally heavy serious tone. Watch out for Shuri to take the MCU by storm with her gadgets.

One had high hopes from Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger to be an equal foe for T’Challa. But he exceeded that expectations and how! Marvel movies have had the problem of run-of-the-mill villains with boring backstories and weak motivation. Killmonger handles that problem all too well as the audience rooted for his point of view.

This is the new age of the hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. After 10 years and 17 movies, a new beginning was needed for the franchise. What perfect way to do that than bring a character which debuted in the Silver Age of Marvel Comics and had a similar impact in the quest for diversity. The movie is unapologetic – it never shies away from referring racism and colonialization. There is one scene where Shuri calls Everett Ross as a “colonizer” and another where Ross is drowned by M’Baku and his tribes’ deafening noise. The movie screams – “Its payback time”. The women are the real champions in this movie as the story is shaped and molded by their actions.

The most positive part of the movie was its soundtrack. A frequent collaborator with director Ryan Coogler, Ludwig Göransson has created a wonderful thread of African drum music and tribal chants for the movie’s score. Talking drums and royal trumpets are in full glory as Kendrick Lamar’s songs adorn the action. This feels like Lion King with its tones. The movie celebrates its rich African culture and colors. One of my favorite scenes from the movie is T’Challa’s coronation sequence by the waterfall, as members of all the tribes sing and dance during this joyous occasion. The costume design is incredible in this movie.

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T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and Zuri (Forest Whitaker). Credits: Black Panther/Marvel Studios

While the movie overall is a humongous and historical success, it has its share of flaws. Being an origin story, it has quite a few predictable turns and clichés akin to other superhero movies. But still, Black Panther’s introduction is the most arresting origins of them all. The most disappointing part of the movie was the final battle – which ran out of steam (and the necessary time) after the demanding development of this Utopian Wakanda. This problem is similar to last year’s Wonder Woman. Winston Duke’s M’Baku (and not his racially disturbing name in the comics – Man-Ape) is the weak link here as I never really understood his motivations and actions. Something similar can be said about W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) and his Border Tribesmen. Without spoiling much, I can mention that I wasn’t sold on W’Kabi’s actions. It is a shame that Andy Serkis’ Klaue was cut short in the movie when clearly he was having a great time playing the character.

The new Panther suit, designed by Princess Shuri, looks sleek but seems CGI heavy in full action mode. The suit worn by the Panther in Civil War seemed more practical and tight.

M’Baku (Winston Duke). Credits: Black Panther/Marvel Studios

But these are minor nitpicking in a world of overwhelming success. Go watch Black Panther and be a part of this wonderful revolution for equal representation for women and black people. Go watch the movie if you are bored of hilarious superhero flicks, and need more depth in your stories. Go watch this movie if you love music and I guarantee that you will be absolutely delighted.

The climactic movie – stunningly named Infinity War – is coming up in few months’ time. Going by the post-credit scenes which tie directly to the next movie, Wakanda will now be open to serious scrutiny in the world of Marvel. A serious brawl is being predicted on the lands of this paradise. Expect King T’Challa to marshal his troops and guide the Avengers. Expect Wakanda to blow your minds once again.

 

Wakanda Forever!

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Justice League – A movie about what could have been [No Spoiler Review]

 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is Warner Bros’ first attempt at a superhero team up movie based on the DC Comics characters. This League, and Superheroes in general, has come a long way since its first appearance in DC Comics’ Brave and the Bold (1960).

    This is supposed to be the biggest movie based on DC Comics’ characters.

Justice League is a movie about its heroes. From the beginning, we are introduced to a world without Superman. From Lois Lane to Bruce Wayne, all feel the loss of Superman in a major way. It seems that the world is without hope – the symbol of the Last Son of Krypton. The opening few minutes of the movie is well shot with classic slow motion sequences and low light scenes, a style which is now synonymous with Zack Snyder. Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows, performed by Sigrid, plays in the background.

Parademons and Steppenwolf. Credits: Justice League

As the plot thickens, we are introduced to the threat of the otherworldly Parademons, and their general – Steppenwolf. Batman and Wonder Woman feel the necessity of gathering the other ‘metahumans’ as teased in the movie Batman V Superman. From here onwards, we meet The Flash, Cyborg and the Aquaman.

Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash
Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg

Ezra Miller as the Flash, is the comic relief of the movie. With complaints about the DCEU being all dark and grim, Flash provides some hilarious gags but a few times, the jokes felt plain and force-fed. Jason Momoa as the Aquaman, is a tough cookie. He makes sure that the League understands that he is special and is not to be meddled with. Ray Fisher’s Cyborg provides the emotional bond in the league as well as the tech support. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman leads the team, and continues her hit run from the solo movie.

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman

 

Some of the action sequences are brilliant with Steppenwolf squaring against the Amazons, being a notable one. The soundtracks are good but not as brilliant as the modern master Hans Zimmer. Composer Danny Elfman manages to bring his classic Batman theme as well as John William’s Superman tracks to beautiful effect. But one stills laments over the lack of a perfect theme score for the League as a whole.

Now coming to Superman, there is not much to tell about him without spoiling. Comic book readers may be disappointed at the manner of his return, but Henry Cavill does a brilliant job in his short time. This movie shows the full might of Superman, after taking some heavy blows from Batman and Doomsday in BvS. One seriously underdeveloped character in this movie is the villainous Steppenwolf. His intentions or actions aren’t explained properly, and his only claim to fame is namedropping his nephew – the tyrant ruler of Apokolips.

Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds)

 

Now let’s come to the faults. Justice League is a let down on many fronts but one glaring flaw is the editing. The movie credits 3 person – David Brenner, Richard Pearson and Martin Walsh – for editing the movie, which feels disjointed and rushed. Multiple scenes from the trailers were absent. This is the third time, this has happened to this franchise after Batman v Superman and the disastrous Suicide Squad. Jos Whedon’s reshoots were apparent in a movie which provided unnecessary comic relief in tense moments instead of character development. Though the screenplay was tight, the dialogue seemed pedestrian. Overall, I felt the movie can be summed in one word – Rushed.

 

As this movie looked to undo the errors created in the first few movies, the studio chose an expendable villain to mount a weak challenge against our heroes. This movie is thus a collection of what it could have been rather than what it is.

Justice League

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Batman week – Top 7 Alternate Batmen

23rd Sept is Batman Day, a day when Batman fans all over the world pay homage their favourite superhero – The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader and the world’s greatest detective.

An ongoing run of DC Comics focuses on DC Dark Nights (DC Metal), in which we learn about the darkest secrets of the DC Multiverse and fans are going mad by the crazy evil Batman designs.

 

All evil Batmen (DC Metal); Credits – DC Comics

 

We have seen the exploits of The Batman who laughs and the Red Death, and eagerly waiting for The Murder Machine next week.

Batman: Red Death; Credits – DC Comics

 

The Batman who laughs; Credit – DC Comics

 

Let’s take a moment to look back at the Best Alternate Batmen we have seen in the past. For this list, I am excluding the wonderful (not always!) actors and their live-action portrayals with the cowl. I have considered only the multiple iterations in the DCAU movies/animation, DC Elseworlds and have explored the depths of the Multiverse.

The criteria for featuring in this list are craziness of the character design and deviation from the mainstream canon.

 

7.Bat-Mouse

In Earth C-Minus, Batmouse is a superhero and member of the Just’a Lotta Animals (JLA).

Batmouse; Credits: DC Comics

In this hilarious take on the JLA, our favourite superheroes are all animals that fight enemies to keep peace. This iteration is a prized possession on the hilarious side of the DC Multiverse.

 

6. Green Lantern Batman 

In Batman: In Darkest Night, Bruce Wayne is visited by Abin Sur in his batcave and is given the Green Lantern ring. This leads to a complete badass Bat-Lantern who keeps Joker from being born, defeats Catwoman and Two-Face. The greatest villain in this storyline is Sinestro who has mind-melded with the corpse of Joe Chill.

Credits: DC Comics

The story is fun and it almost paves the way for Dawnbreaker, coming later in this year’s DC Metal.

 

5. Owlman

Thomas Wayne Jr is the eldest son of Thomas Wayne Sr and Martha Wayne. He killed his own parents (and even his brother, Bruce) because he thought they were managing their wealth poorly.

Owlman (Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths). Credits: Warner Bros and DC Animated

With his acrobatic sidekick Talon (Richard Grayson), Owlman unleashes terror and dominance over Gotham City. Owlman is a part of the Crime Syndicate comprising of supervillians in Earth-3.

 

4. Kirk Langstorm Batman

Batman faithfuls know Kirk Langstorm as the creepy villain Man-Bat from the main DC canon. But when the fangs end up on the caped crusader, it becomes super creepy.

Kirk Langstorm (Gods and Monsters); Credits: Warner Bros and DC Animated.

 

In the 2015 animated movie Gods and Monsters, Kirk is a brilliant student who works on creating a cure for lymphoma. Unfortunately this transforms Kirk into a superhuman pseudo-vampire himself, who is dependent on blood to stay alive. Kirk joins with Bekka (Wonder Woman) and Hernan Guerra (Superman) to form the Justice League in this alternate universe.

 

3. Bat Priest

Holy Terror depicts America as a theocratic state, where religion is law. State and Church are the same. Bruce Wayne is on the path of becoming a priest when Commissioner Gordon tells him the truth about his parent’s murder – government assassinations.

Credits: DC Comics

This makes Bruce Wayne the demon Bat Priest, who teaches scripture by the day and kills bureaucrats by night.

 

2. Leatherwing

Part of a group of enforcers formed by Adolf Hitler to bring Nazi control over Earth-10, Leatherwing is a ruthless general.

Credits: DC Comics

Having the belief that “weak” must be weeded from “humanity’, he kills inferiors as an agent of the Nazi Party.

 

1. Batmankoff

A terrorist Batman in communist Russia is stuff of legend. Superman: Red Son written by Mark Millar provides just that.

Credits: DC Comics
Credits: DC Comics

When his parents got killed by the communists, Batmankoff swore vengeance on the government. The action between Batmankoff and the Comrade of Steel – Superman is thrilling.  The iconic design has Batman wearing an ushanka and using a Kalashnikov. Batman fans love this version and Batmankoff remains one of the top choices for cosplay around the world.

 

 

Which other versions of Batman do you like?

How did you celebrate Batman Day (and week)?

Tell us in the comments below.

 

Also 25 years of Harley Quinn. Happy Birthday Harls!

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Rick and Morty : Best-written comedy on television

Wabba Lubba Dub Dub

 

An alcoholic, misanthropic scientific genius often goes on intergalactic and interdimensional endeavours with his 14 year old big-hearted, dim-witted, chronically nervous grandson– this is one crazy premise. The show is Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty, an animated sci-fi sitcom that’s very loosely based on Back to the Future and just may be the best-written comedy on television. The show, whose third season is a month away from airing on Adult Swim, certainly stands out among the network’s other brilliantly made content and other cartoons such as Adventure time and Gravity Falls.

The show made by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, is unapologetic about the theme and subjects portrayed. The animation is hyper violent and dark, and we see various subjects being explored which usually isn’t the case for a cartoon.

Initially pitched as a parody, this show goes unusually deep into dark humour. The concept of alternate timelines and dimension is a common theme in the show and reminds us of our trivial existence. The narrative is well worked out and the voice actors are brilliant in their job.

“Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die,” 14-year-old Morty tells his sister, Summer.

Rick and Morty’s lives are pointless, and they know it. The show drives the ideas of nihilism and existentialism. In the crazy world of Rick and Morty, there is nothing to do but embrace nihilism: to realize that the point of existence is to stop searching for a point, and accept the chaos of the moment. Rick has a very pessimistic worldview, informing Morty that love is ‘just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed’, advising him not to continue the cycle of love, marriage and heartbreak that he had to go through and that his parents would likely go through, encouraging him to direct his energy towards science.

The show resonated with me because of this nature of poking fun at itself and also be serious when it needs to be. Also the tension in Rick’s parents’ marriage and his relationship with his grandfather makes it an interesting watch. When we have to accept the chaos, Rick and Morty speaks to its viewers by making this acceptance easier.

Rick And Morty Credit: Adult Swim

Rick and Morty Season 3 comes out on July 30th on Adult Swim. This one is a must watch and should be on the top of your list if you haven’t already.

Watch the Season 3 trailer:

 

Below, I have listed 5 of the Best Rick and Morty moments from the past 2 seasons according to me. Since, I will go into details, this will be SPOILER territory. Please refrain from reading and watch the show asap if you haven’t.

  • I’m Mr. Meeseeks! Look at me! (S01E05)

Existence is a pain when your only objective is to fulfil other’s wishes. This is a spin on the classic tale of Aladdin’s Genie, who is always seen as a happy and lovable character.

Jerry Smith surrounded by Mr. Meeseeks. Credits: Adult Swim

Mr. Meeseeks’ optimistic approach in the beginning slowly fades away into uncontrolled rage as Jerry Smith is unable to take two strokes off his golf game. The episode is hilarious and also makes us think about our focussed approach to any task and the length to which we should go to achieve it. It also throws in the idea of existentialism

 

 

  • Raising Gazorpazorp (S01E07)
The teenage Gazorpian boy with Morty Smith. Credits: Adult Swim

 

This episode handled the sensitive subject to underage parenting, explores gender roles and the question of Nature vs. Nurture.

Without making it into a clichéd commentary on women mind-set, the episode showed us how the two sexes respond to various situations. Also, thrown in the impending doom of violence by the Gazorpian baby, Morty is challenged to nurture a seemingly disturbed child. 

 

  • Pass the Butter (S01E09)

    Rick watching over the Butter Robot. Credits: Adult Swim

Butter Robot: What is my purpose?

Rick: You pass the butter.

Butter Robot: (sadly) Oh my God!

Rick: Yeah. Welcome to the club, pal!

 

 

This small dialogue in the show emphasises the concept of nihilism that is prevalent throughout the show. We feel for the robot and his mundane life.

 

  • Time Paradox (S02E01)

Rick, Morty and Summer unfreezes time from the Season one finale’s crazy party and create multiple time paradoxes which are simultaneously present on the screen. This episode also shows that Rick can sometimes lose control of the situation and that’s when his grandparents come in.

Rick, Morty and Summer exist in multiple time paradoxes. Credits: Adult Swim

Rick, Morty and Summer unfreezes time from the Season one finale’s crazy party and create multiple time paradoxes which are simultaneously present on the screen. This episode also shows that Rick can sometimes lose control of the situation and that’s when his grandparents come in.

We also get to see Rick’s double standard in his religious view, when he prays to God and immediately curses Him.

 

  • Rick’s surrender (S02E10)
Rick imprisoned. Credit: Adult Swim

 

When Rick and the Smiths attend the ill-fated wedding of Birdperson and Tammy, the Galactic Federation attacks them and they leave for an intergalactic hunt.

In the end, Rick surrenders to the Federation when he realises the threat he poses to his family and it makes an emotional scene.

Rick is booked and incarcerated in a maximum-security Federation prison, seemingly without bail or parole. A fellow prisoner asks him what he did. “Everything,” Rick glumly replies. Johnny Cash’s Hurt plays in the background.

 

 

 

 

How excited are you about Rick and Morty Season 3? Tell us in the comments below.

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‘Logan’ review – A fitting swansong for Jackman’s Wolverine

“In the real world, people die.”

Logan, the latest film in the Marvel-Fox X-Men franchise, promised us that it will be rooted in reality. And it lived to its promise. Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart’s swansong X-Men movie is a healthy departure from the usual formulaic superhero movies with crossovers, ensemble team-ups and computer generated rubble.

Image Credits: Logan (20th Century Fox)

 

The setting for a film is the near future, where the world is almost free of Mutant-kind and ever-changing timelines. Wolverine and Professor X are hiding from the world with their mutant powers – a scruffy dystopian world from the outset. Charles Xavier, the magnanimous nonagenarian, is ailing and unstable with a pained Logan to look after him. Logan himself is scarred, grizzled and visibly old with his healing factor nowhere in its prime. Their lives change when a young girl comes amidst them – Laura.

 

Image Credits: Logan (20th Century Fox)

 

Director James Mangold, who previously has worked with Jackman in the hit movie The Wolverine (2013) – the second movie in the Wolverine ‘trilogy’, had voiced his concern about poorly written superhero plots. With Logan, he perfected what he began in 2013.

This film is the best from its genre since the great The Dark Knight

The movie is meditative and minimalistic – with blood splattered gore whenever required. The movie is R-rated and it doesn’t shy away from showing some clawed awesomeness with Laura and Logan in tandem. Dafne Keen is wonderful as the young Laura, X-23 if you may, – A sweet little girl with serious blood splattering tendencies.  Sir Patrick Stewart brilliantly portrays Professor Charles Xavier with all the rich experience behind him. The rest of the cast – Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce and Richard E. Grant as Zander Rice is straight out of the comic books, with their involvement in the Weapon X program and ambition of controlling the mutant world. Stephen Merchant as Caliban is a sore sight and a reminder of the pain the Mutants endure in this dystopian world. Old Man Logan, comic series from Marvel, reflects beautifully in this movie – the inspiration for James Mangold.

The film is such a fitting finale to the fine actors – Jackman and Stewart, one imagines how it would have been with a certain Sir Ian McKellen’s Magneto in the middle. The fanboy in me is pained to imagine that Hugh Jackman never donned the iconic yellow costume in this Universe. Wolverine will never be the same. The iconic blades should rest now.

 

Image Credits: Logan (20th Century Fox)

 

The movie ends with a heart wrenching scene for comic book lovers – a tribute to the iconic X-Men.

Logan is running in the theaters. This one is a must-watch.

 

Did you like Logan? Tell us in the comments.

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Riverdale – A smart take on Archie Comics

Saturated colors and a somewhat uneasy setting is the concurrent theme of Riverdale – CW’s adaptation of the popular Archie Comics. This theme could have gone awfully wrong but it actually turns out to be beautifully crafted with right dose of teen drama and mystery.

From the three episodes released till now, we see plenty of drama between the lead characters – a delightful take on the character dynamics from the source material. The show also takes major liberties with the 75-year-old popular characters, which has resulted in constant grumbles from purists online.

Riverdale promo poster. Credits: CW

Riverdale is a smart and sexy take on a potential heavy drama, with much going on underneath than you initially realize. It is a fresh act, blending teen soap, biting humour, murder mystery with a beloved franchise. The show impresses with its take on these characters with relatively unknown faces in the lead cast, but with a lot of potential.

Credits: Archie Comics

 

KJ Apa has been cast as Archie Andrews, a conflicted and boyish sophomore, who is the protagonist of the show. Archie is working on his football while also honing his singing skills.

KJ Apa as Archie Andrews. Credits: CW

Camilla Mendes as the intelligent and confident Veronica Lodge, a silver-tongued high school sophomore who returns to Riverdale from New York, eager to reinvent herself, does justice to her role. Lili Reinhart portrays the perfect and sweet girl – Betty Cooper, who completes the trio of the Archie-Betty-Veronica love triangle, much like the comics. Cole Sprouse is fan favourite Jughead Jones, Archie’s friend and narrator of the story. Madeline Petsch has been cast as the bimbette Cheryl Blossom.

Camilla Mendes as Veronica. Credits: CW
Lili Reinhart as Betty. Credits: CW

Below this point, there will be mild spoiler for the plot. So SPOILER ALERT!

Much like the comics and the cartoon, the series deals with a mystery in the small town of Riverdale. Jason Blossom is missing and later his body is found in the river, which brings to the fore – a case of homicide. Archie Andrews, who is having an affair with his music teacher, happens to find himself pretty close to the scene of the crime and is torn apart from this fact.

Meanwhile, Betty has a crush on longtime friend and neighbor Archie but her plans go awry when Veronica Lodge, a sharp-tongued girl comes between this equation.

Betty and Veronica have a complex relationship – archrivals or BFF, but one is common between them-  they are fed up with Cheryl Blossom. Cheryl remains a manipulative and cold person even when she has lost her twin brother. Add to that the case of Betty’s institutionalized sister – Polly and you get a perfect plot for a mystery.

Riverdale hails from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.

Episode 4 releases on February 16th, 2017. Watch the promo for the 4th episode here:

 

Are you watching Riverdale? Who do you think killed Jason?

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Why Ben Affleck’s decision may be a blessing in disguise

Ben Affleck has stepped down as the director of the Batman solo movie, which he was supposed to star in.

The movie will be produced by Warner Bros and will be under the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Though the news came as a disappointment for the DC fans and Batman lovers, it was not a shocker since we were getting reports of the script not being in place for the movie.

Ben Affleck is an accomplished actor and an equally competent director, having won the Golden Globes and the BAFTA for Argo (2012), a movie which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Not to mention the Academy Award he received in Best Original Screenplay for the movie Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote.

 

Having said that, Affleck stepping down may just be a blessing in disguise for the studio and the DCEU. Here’s why-

1) No more Multitasking

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck stated. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Ben Affleck at Comic Con 2012

Given the demand from the studio and fans to churn out quality movies every year to establish the cinematic universe, the triple responsibility of script writing, acting as well as directing would have been hectic.

 

2) Getting the script correct

The movies in the DC Extended Universe have often received a lot of criticism for its gritty and dark portrayal of the superhero stories, which is a diametrically opposite to that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

2016’s big release and much ambitious movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was panned by critics for the flat plot, whereas Suicide Squad was a mess in terms of the script. Getting the script right, therefore, would be Warner Bro’s top priority.

Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck

When this article was being written, we got reports that the initial script for the movie was rewritten by Chris Terrio, who improved upon the work done by Affleck and Geoff Johns.

 

3) Learning from failures

Live by Night. Image Credits: Warner Bros

Ben Affleck’s recent directorial adventure Live by Night, produced by Warner Bros was a commercial disaster with the studio set for the loss of $75 million. Thus, the studio may have lost some confidence in the acclaimed director.

 

4) A fresh approach to the Universe

Joe and Anthony Russo

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was rejuvenated  by the Russo Brothers, with their movies Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2012). Marvel Studios and Disney have thus recruited them for steering the Universe and direct the Infinity War movies, the culmination of the grand live-action franchise. This comes after some pretty weak performance from Jos Whedon’s two Avengers movies in term of plot.

The DCEU may also be heading towards a similar fate, and we are quite excited at this prospect.

 

The next question arises- Who will be the right man to lead the Batman movies?

Zack Snyder directing Affleck in the sets of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

May be George Miller, Darren Aronofsky or the studio may even entrust Zack Snyder to comeback. Only time will tell.

 

Who do you think will be perfect for directing the Batman movie? Tell us in the comments.

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‘THE AVENGERS PROJECT’ announced

Big Announcement from Marvel came up a few hours ago! Marvel had teased an announcement yesterday and fans were waiting for a news anytime soon.

Marvel Entertainment has officially announced a brand-new video game staring Earth’s mightiest heroes which is set to come from publisher Square Enix and developers Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal. The game will focus on a completely new Universe, and will not pertain to existing storylines from comics or movies. We are yet to know about the gameplay mechanics or kind of game being developed.

Called The Avengers Project, Marvel released a trailer which is titled – #REASSEMBLE, which hints that the heroes are down and they will have to fight their way to win.

 

The trailer begins with a shot of shattered glasses belonging to Bruce Banner. As we proceed, we see Thor’s hammer resting in rubble, Iron Man’s arm lay damaged, Captain America’s tattered shield and at the end, we see the Avengers logo implying that our Heroes have a job in hand. “The World will always need Heroes, they just need to reassemble” said the female voice, possibly Captain Marvel or any of the female superheroes in Marvel Comics.

 

Jay Ong, Senior Vice President, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment said during the launch – “The Avengers project is a perfect example of how Marvel is making games a key part of the landscape for Marvel storytelling, alongside comics, television and film. We can only do this by matching our greatest Super Heroes with the world’s top developers, such as the creative minds at Square Enix.”

We still have question mark on the characters available in the game. Sony have the rights to Spiderman and it is unlikely that Peter Parker will be available in the game (But Marvel Studios bargained him into MCU, so who knows!). The availability of the X-Men and mutants, as well as the Fantastic Four, remains in doubt but we hope to get a clearer picture soon.

 

Crystal Dynamics is most notable for their Tomb Raider franchise, whereas Eidos Montréal worked with Crystal Dynamics on both of the rebooted Tomb Raider games also, in addition to their own work on Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Thief, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided. Marvel has a multi-year, multi-year partnership which means that we will have sequels to the original game. We know very little at this point as we did not get to see any gameplay footage. But understandably, the work is going on and we hope to see the game in 2018.

 

How excited are you about this? Tell us in the comments.

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‘Power Rangers’ – Trailer and discussion

 

Lionsgate has debuted the new Power Rangers trailer, and it highlights our beloved characters in suits.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

Power Rangers assembled. Credits: Lionsgate

 

Megazords in the new Power Rangers trailer. Credits: Lionsgate

Power Rangers is a worldwide phenomenon with the series being watched and like in various countries around the world. This movie will be the first of its kind movie to be made in Hollywood.

Bryan Cranston as Zordon. Credits: Lionsgate

The Power Rangers cast includes Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, with Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) voicing Alpha 5, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as Zordon, and Elizabeth Banks as villain Rita Repulsa.

Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), the movie releases on March 24, 2017.

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Robin Gameplay trailer for Injustice 2 released

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today revealed Robin gameplay from Injustice 2! Developed by NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 offers the latest DC fighting game, which continues the epic storyline from the previous game Injustice: Gods Among Us.

In this video, we see Robin (Damien Wayne) come up against his father Batman and other characters such as Deadshot and Aquaman. The game will up characters taking sides and possibly fight one another under Superman’s tyrant regime. While the world reels from the effects of such devastating battle, comes a new threat – Brainiac.

Read the full Trailer analysis here – Injustice 2
Injustice 2 will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017.
Pre-order now to get Darkseid as a playable character.